Teaching and Learning English a Useful Research Presentation

Teaching and Learning English -A useful research presentation. Dr. Abdel-Salam A. El-Koumy is a full professor of TEFL at Suez School of Education, Suez Canal University, Egypt. He is currently, vice-dean for post-graduate studies and research. He has published numerous papers on the ERIC Web site at http://www.eric.ed.gov/ and four books on teaching and learning English as a foreign language. He presented two papers at the international TESOL Convention (1996, 2002) and six papers at the EFL Skills Conference held annually at the American University in Cairo (1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005). He received post-doctoral training at the University of Mississippi and California State University. His special interests include language performance assessment, whole language, learning strategies, learning styles, and learning processes. He can be reached by e-mail at: Koumi_5000@Yahoo.Com.

Improve Your Pronunciation with BBC Learning English – Introduction

COMPLETE COURSE AND TRAINING SESSIONS PLAY LIST – MASTER IT ONE BY ONE TO IMPROVE YOUR PRONUNCIATION. Learn English and improve your pronunciation with our series of 44 videos designed to help improve your pronunciation and English.

The sounds of English – Phonetic Alphabet – English Pronunciation

The sounds of English – Phonetic Alphabet – English Pronunciation.

https://youtu.be/G4Z5qngn-48

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/pronunciation

BBC ENGLISH SOUNDS

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BBC Learning English Improve your English with the BBC team: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com A complete series of videos and activities to help you improve your pronunciation.

English Course Advanced Level

Advanced English Communication Skills (AECS) is designed to challenge students with advanced language skills to strengthen their speaking and listening abilities. This course is the most advanced General English course.  

Strengthen your speaking and listening abilities with AECS to:

  • Improve your ability to understand native speakers
  • Increase your vocabulary and knowledge of common English phrases
  • Refine your ability to use English grammar accurately
  • Improve the accuracy and fluency of your pronunciation
  • Feel confident discussing world issues and current events
  • Understand a range of real-world listening and reading materials
  • Collaborate with classmates to complete a project.

Course Content

Course modules include:

  • Integrated skills – development of speaking, listening and grammar skills.
  • Advanced reading – improved reading speed, increased reading fluency and increased vocabulary.
  • Advanced writing – planning and writing complex tasks
  • News and world affairs – newspapers, magazines, the Internet, TV and radio are used to develop listening, reading and discussion skills.
  • Project work – the class works together to write and produce a group project.This class is particularly useful for building confidence in using English and improving pronunciation. 
  • Film appreciation – by watching short film segments or one film over the course, students develop their listening skills and their ability to discuss films in depth.

Entry requirements

Completion of ICTE General English Level 6 with strong speaking and listening skills or one of the following sets of test scores:

  • IELTS: 6.0, no score less than 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: 78 (Speaking 19; Listening 19; Reading 19; Writing 21)
  • Pearson: 60, no score less than 60
  • Cambridge: 169, no score less than 169

Fees

Find out more about our tuition fees.

Length

5 – 15 weeks in 5-week blocks. Students usually study for 10 weeks at each course level.

Dates

Start dates are throughout the year. View dates.

Hours

Full-time: 20 hours per week in class.

You will be placed in a morning or afternoon class.

Morning: 8.15am-12:45pm
Afternoon: 1pm – 5.30pm

Class size

Up to 18 students

Laptop

We recommend that you bring your own laptop.

Testing

Your teachers will provide informal feedback throughout the course. Formal tests on speaking, writing, reading and listening are held at the end of every 5-week session.

Related courses

To develop English skills for a specific purpose, you may progress to:

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Advanced English Course:-
Instructor: ____________________________

OVERVIEW

          Advanced English is a 1-semester, 3-credit, elective course for non-foreign-language majors. It is concerned with improving and enhancing learners’ abilities in English as a foreign language (EFL). There are 3 prerequisites for taking this course. First, the students should have passed/waived Freshman English. Second, the students should own a networked PC/multimedia and do not hate using it. Third, the students should be active EFL learners. No fooling around is allowed.
          One assumption upon which the course rests is that the students should bring to their roles as advanced EFL learners a strong competence of the full range of EFL communicative abilities–including listening, speaking, reading, and writing–resulted from intensive and extensive learning activities. Another philosophy of the course is that active participation and language-use are crucial for helpful foreign language learning. The Whole Language Approach and 4-skill integration strategy are therefore adopted, although intensive reading and listening are the major activities for the course.  Moreover, the Internet will be comprehensively integrated into this course. Learners’ practice, involvement, and use of the language via face-to-face and the networked multimedia are heavily required.  Learners must change their passive learning habits/attitudes to being more active participants for this course.

OBJECTIVES

          In very broad behavioral terms, the students who complete this course should be able to:

1.  Comprehend longer talks in English better. 
2.  Understand the main idea of a complex text in English better. 
3.  Present or share ideas in oral English more fluently. 
4.  Produce/compose clear, detailed essays on a wide range of subjects in English. 
5.  Explain a viewpoint on a topical issue in English clearly.
6.  Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with English native speakers quite possible.
7.  Understand grammar/sentence structure better.
8.  Increase vocabulary comprehensively.
9.  Be more aware of foreign cultures.
10.  Broaden horizons.
 

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

I. Classroom Activities

1. First 2 periods: (1) Listening Comprehension Quiz (2) Required Readings

1) Listening Comprehension Quiz
        At the beginning of each meeting, 
one listening-cloze drill will be selected and design as a listening comprehension quiz (See the Homework section for further information.) Students are strongly encouraged to preview and practice the drill on the MOODLE website (http://eclass.nchu.edu.tw/moodle/) at home before the meeting. Five comprehension questions will be included for each quiz.

2) Required Readings
       Reading activities are designed to guide the learners to applying four skills to understand the contents.  In addition to lecture, listening practice, online listening cloze, real-time online discussion, duet reading, and oral paraphrasing are included. The procedures are as follows:
A. Listening Practice (Warm-up/Preview)
        At the beginning of the meeting, the instructor plays the voice file of the lesson once. The students are required to listen carefully and take notes. 2-3 students will be randomly selected to summarize the main idea of the talk.
B. Listening Cloze Practice
 
       Students are required to participate in and finish a listening-cloze practice for each lesson. They must make a hardcopy of the handouts (downloadable from eCampus or MOODLE websites) for this task. The voice file will be played 3 times and the students must listen carefully and fill in the blanks. The answers to the practice will be given immediately.
C. Lecture/Explanation
        The instructor explains the whole lesson paragraph by paragraph. Questions can be posted for clarification.
D. Duet Reading
        Students are required to read aloud together or in groups by following the talk.
E. Paraphrasing (when available)
        Students are required to take turns orally summarizing the main idea and their reflections to the whole class in English.

2. Last period: Web-based Article Presentation
       
Students are required to look for a short passage they are interested in from the Internet (See the following for further explanation)and take turns presenting the passages by using a projector every week.  Before the presentation, the students should read the article/passage carefully, identify difficult words, phrases, or sentences, and write down a brief comment/reflection (more than 10 sentences). It is better to save the assignment in a personal disk and upload to the e-Campus website. The students can create any needed hyperlinks or pass handouts for better presentation.
       For a better presentation, the students may follow the directions offered on many websites such as http://www.aresearchguide.com/3tips.html or http://www.cs.umd.edu/class/spring2002/cmsc434-0101/MUIseum/applications/presentationtips.html.
      During the presentation, the students must read the passage at least one time, explain the vocabulary/phrases, summarize the main idea, pose/accept questions, and present comments/reflections. All the students need to evaluate each presenter, including themselves, by filling out an evaluation form (downloadable from eCampus or MOODLE websites.)  The following are the recommended procedures for preparing the task:

1)  Open MS Word.
2)  Put down your name, student ID#, and department on the upper-left-hand corner.
3)  Identify/decide a theme/topic you’re interested in.
4)  Open a web browser and look for possible links by keying in (a) keyword(s) with a search engine (e.g., Google, Yahoo!, etc.).
5)  Browse through the websites and assess the possible texts by following a guideline suggested by Branch et al.
6)  Select the passages on a website.
7)  Copy the paragraph(s) you picked.
8)  Paste the paragraph(s) to your document.
9)  Copy the website address.
10)  Paste the address (source) to your document.
11)  Save the file. (e.g., Wango1.doc)
12)  Read the paragraph(s) you picked carefully and identify the difficult/new words, phrases, or sentences.
13)  Type the meaning of the words or phrases in English.
14)  Type a short comment/reflection (more than 10 sentences).
15)  Save the file on a portable disk and upload it to the e-Campus. [See a sample work.]
16)  Prepare for the presentation.

II. Activities after Class (Homework)

1. Online Discussion: (Required)
        
Students are required to participate in an online discussion at home. They should key in the summary of each reading and their reflections on the discussion board of e-Campus website after class.

2. Listening Practice: (Recommended)
       
 Students are strongly recommended to practice online listening-cloze drills on http://eclass.nchu.edu.tw/moodle/ website every dayOne drill will be selected for listening comprehension quiz each week. One of the drills A01-A07 will be chosen for the mid-term exam and drills A08-A14 for the final exam.

3. Keeping a Learning Blog: (Optional)
       
 Students are encouraged to keep a learning blog in English for this course. They can make entries of learning reflections on this website: http://eclass.nchu.edu.tw/moodle/.  A bonus grade will be given to anyone who completes this assignment. The more entries, the better bonus a student will earn.  

EXAMINATIONS

        There are mid-term and final exams for this course. The exams will be in a format of paper-&-pencil. Listening comprehension and cloze dictations will be included. Drills for listening-log homework will be included into the exams.

EVALUATION CRITERIA for PAPERS, DIGITAL WORKS, & PERFORMANCES

Written papers, digital works, and performances will be evaluated on the basis of:

1. Clarity of presentation and development of ideas.
2. Accuracy of information, logic, and consistency of argument.
3. Relevance of criticism, analysis, and rationale.
4. Correct grammar, spelling, and syntax.
5. Appropriate and accurate citations.
6. Punctuality. (Grades will be deducted for late papers.)

EVALUATION OF PARTICIPATION

1.      Attendance:  Faithful attendance is strongly expected unless the students are ill or a family/official emergency arises. Email or talk to the instructor in person about reasons so he can decide whether to excuse an absence. The students are expected to arrive in class on time. There are many classes in which essential information is demonstrated and presented, followed by their practice on communication, so it is critical that they attend and arrive promptly. Therefore, their grade can be influenced by attendance. A zero score will be given to the attendance part for being absent without official permission 3 times or more. A bonus will be given to the students who are never absent during the whole semester.

2.      Frequency and quality of participation in face-to-face and web-based discussion.

3.      Quality of contributions to group work–individual accountability, promotive interaction, use of clarifying questions, illustrations, shared information, elaboration of ideas, etc.

4.     Quality of presentation, collaboration, and sharing.

GRADING

          All written papers, digital works, and performances of the students will be evaluated on a scale of scores (0-100) or letters (A, B, C, ….).  Final grades will be determined on the basis of numerical equivalence of weighted grades on the performances.  Every student is suggested to keep track of their performances weekly to correct possible mistakes on grading.  

  • Attendance                                                                                  10% 
  • Listening Comprehension Quiz                                                15%
  • Oral Article Presentation                                                           15%
  • Online Discussion                                                                       10%
  • Mid-Term Examination                                                             25%
  • Final Examination                                                                       25%
  • Learning Blog Entries                                                              (Bonus)
Assigned GradeScore Equivalent
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
F
90-above
85-89
80-84
76-79
73-75
70-72
66-69
63-65
60-62
0-59

TEXTBOOK/MATERIALS

          There is no required textbook for the course. However, the readings for the course are the materials selected by the instructor. These materials adopted from the VOA website (www.voanews.com) include talks and transcripts. Students can download the handouts online and make a hardcopy for the course.

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

WeekTopicHomework
1Introduction to the Course; Movie TheaterRegistration for the MOODLE course;
Listening Practice: Drill A01
2Lesson 1; Guidelines for Listening, Speaking, & Writing SkillsPreparation for Article Presentation
Listening Practice: Drill A02
3Lesson 2; Article PresentationListening Practice: Drill A03
4Lesson 3; Article PresentationListening Practice: Drill A04
5Lesson 4; Article PresentationListening Practice: Drill A05
6Lesson 5; Article PresentationListening Practice: Drill A06
7Lesson 6; Article PresentationListening Practice: Drill A07
8Lesson 7; Article Presentation 
9Mid-term ExamListening Practice: Drill A08
10Lesson 8; Article PresentationListening Practice: Drill A09
11Lesson 9; Article PresentationListening Practice: Drill A10
12Lesson 10; Article PresentationListening Practice: Drill A11
13Lesson 11; Article PresentationListening Practice: Drill A12
14Lesson 12; Article PresentationListening Practice: Drill A13
15Lesson 13; Article PresentationListening Practice: Drill A14
16Lesson 14; Article Presentation 
17Review(Make up)
18Final Exam 

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Full English Course: Advanced Level

Complete English course to master your English grammar, speaking, reading, listening, vocabulary and more.

This course includes

  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 14 mins on-demand audio
  • 4 articles
  • 26 downloadable resources
  • 2 Practice Tests
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion

What you’ll learn

  • Have a deep knowledge of advanced English grammar.
  • Perfect your listening skills through practing different accents.
  • Increase your understanding of more complex readings.
  • Improve your speaking to have fluent conversations.
  • Expand your vocabulary range.
  • Be well prepared for your English exams.

Requirements

  • I strongly recommend taking the Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate courses before taking this course.

Description

This course includes:

  • Couse structured in Grammar Packs & Practise Packs with everything you need to improve your English easily.
  • Subtitled video lectures explaining the grammar topics in a very easy to understand way.
  • You will practise everything by doing exercises.
  • Lots of resources and exercises to practise your listening in different accents and real TV examples.
  • You will also improve your reading, pronunciation, spelling, and increase your vocabulary.
  • Monitor your progress with Review Tests along the course.
  • Downloadable material on pdf format.
  • Check the course curriculum for the specific content of this course.
  • Over 81 lectures and more than 2.5 hours of video lectures.

This course contains the equivalent grammar and vocabulary to:

  • The “First Certificate Exam (FCE)” level from the Cambridge University in the UK.
  • The B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • A 87-109 points at the TOEFL exam (Test Of English as a Foreign Language).

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: (COURSE CONTENT)

In this course you will gain an extensive grammar knowledge needed for the official exams as well as practicing lots of vocabulary, listenings, readings, pronunciation, translations, dictations, spellings .

You will learn the how to create and the differences in use between most verb tenses such as Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Continuous, between Past Perfect Simple and Past Perfect Continuous, or between all the different verb tenses we can use for the future, like Future Simple, Be going to, Present Continuous, Present Simple,Future Continuous, Future Perfect or to be about to.

You will know the differences and when to use an adjective ending in +ed or +ing, as well as how to create a Passive form in any verb tense, the Passive with Reporting verbs, or the Passive with two objects.

You will also find videos explaining how to create a modal verb structure for the past, and the Third Conditional structure.

In the last section you will learn one of the most difficult grammar lessons, that is when we can ommit a Relative clause or when we can´t, and the differences between a Defining and a Non-defining Relative Clause and their implications.

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN AFTER THE COURSE:

After finishing this four courses you will be able to have a proficient level in English, being capable of understanding advanced readings, and understanding English TV perfectly, as well as having an advanced conversation in English.Who this course is for:

  • This course is oriented to students who want to improve their English from a high level to an advanced level.

Course contentExpand all 79 lectures02:39:06–ENGLISH LEVEL TEST00:00ENGLISH LEVEL TEST 10 questions+VOCABULARY FOR THIS COURSE1 lecture00:00+GRAMMAR LESSONS 16 lectures09:02+PRACTICE PACK 13 lectures01:35+TV LISTENING PRACTICE 12 lectures02:00+PRACTICE PACK 25 lectures02:13+GRAMMAR LESSONS 23 lectures10:16+PRACTICE PACK 34 lectures02:27+TV LISTENING PRACTICE 22 lectures01:53+GRAMMAR LESSONS 32 lectures03:48+PRACTICE PACK 46 lectures03:13+GRAMMAR LESSONS 44 lectures12:47+PRACTICE PACK 56 lectures02:38+REVISION EXAM 10 lectures00:00+GRAMMAR LESSONS 53 lectures03:04+PRACTICE PACK 67 lectures03:36+GRAMMAR LESSONS 63 lectures03:34+PRACTICE PACK 74 lectures01:50+GRAMMAR LESSONS 72 lectures06:29+PRACTICE PACK 83 lectures01:40+GRAMMAR LESSONS 81 lecture00:00+PRACTICE PACK 95 lectures01:46+REVISION EXAM 20 lectures00:00+OFFICIAL CAMBRIDGE LISTENING EXAMS3 lectures17:40+EXTRA RESOURCES4 lectures02:48

Course contentCollapse all 79 lectures02:39:06–ENGLISH LEVEL TEST00:00ENGLISH LEVEL TEST 10 questions–VOCABULARY FOR THIS COURSE00:00Book with all the vocabulary necessary for this course (First Certificate Exam) 23 pages–GRAMMAR LESSONS 109:02EXTRA GRAMMAR EXERCISES00:07Grammar: Review the verb tensesPreview03:33Grammar: Review the verb tenses 10 questionsGrammar: Present Perfect ContinuousPreview02:49Grammar: Present Perfect Continuous 10 questionsGrammar: Past Perfect ContinuousPreview02:33Grammar: Past Perfect Continuous 10 questionsGrammar: Differences Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Continuous 2 pagesGrammar: Differences Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Continuous (1) 10 questionsGrammar: Differences Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Continuous (2) 10 questionsGrammar: Differences Past Simple, Perfect or Perfect Continuous1 pageGrammar: Differences Past Simple, Perfect or Perfect Continuous 10 questions–PRACTICE PACK 101:35Listening 1Preview00:35Listening 11 questionListening 2Preview00:30Listening 21 questionListening 3Preview00:30Listening 31 question–TV LISTENING PRACTICE 102:00TV Listening 1 01:17TV Listening quiz1 questionTV Listening 2 00:43TV Listening quiz1 question–PRACTICE PACK 202:13Reading 1 pageReading7 questionsListening 100:35Listening 11 questionListening 200:40Listening 21 questionListening 300:35Listening 31 questionPronunciation 00:23–GRAMMAR LESSONS 210:16Grammar: Future Continuous02:37Grammar: Future Continuous (1) 10 questionsGrammar: Future Continuous (2) 10 questionsGrammar: Future Perfect04:50Grammar: Future Perfect (1) 10 questionsGrammar: Future Perfect (2) 10 questionsGrammar: All tenses to express Future intentions 02:49Grammar: All tenses to express Future intentions 10 questions–PRACTICE PACK 302:27Listening 100:35Listening 11 questionListening 200:35Listening 21 questionListening 300:37Listening 31 questionListening 400:40Listening 41 question–TV LISTENING PRACTICE 201:53TV Listening 3 00:47TV Listening quiz1 questionTV Listening 4 01:06TV Listening quiz1 question–GRAMMAR LESSONS 303:48Grammar: Adjectives ending in +ed or +ing01:27Grammar: Adjectives ending in +ed or +ing (1)10 questionsGrammar: Adjectives ending in +ed or +ing (2)10 questionsGrammar: Verbs followed by gerund or infinitive02:21–PRACTICE PACK 403:13Listening 100:30Listening 11 questionListening 200:35Listening 21 questionListening 300:28Listening 31 questionListening 400:35Listening 41 questionListening 500:30Listening 51 questionListening 600:35Listening 61 question–GRAMMAR LESSONS 412:47Grammar: The Passive I05:41Grammar: The Passive II 02:25Grammar: The Passive II (1) 9 questionsGrammar: The Passive II (2) 10 questionsGrammar: The Passive II (3) 10 questionsGrammar: The Passive with 2 Objects01:17Grammar: The Passive with Reporting Verbs03:24Grammar: The Passive with Reporting Verbs 10 questions–PRACTICE PACK 502:38Reading 1 pageReading7 questionsListening 100:40Listening 11 questionListening 200:35Listening 21 questionListening 300:32Listening 31 questionListening 400:40Listening 41 questionPronunciation 00:11–REVISION EXAM 100:00REVISION EXAM 1 10 questions–GRAMMAR LESSONS 503:04Grammar: Modals in the past 03:04Grammar: Adverb formation 1 pageGrammar: Adverb Order 1 page–PRACTICE PACK 603:36Reading 1 pageReading6 questionsListening 100:26Listening 11 questionListening 200:35Listening 21 questionListening 300:40Listening 31 questionListening 400:40Listening 41 questionListening 500:35Listening 51 questionListening 600:40Listening 61 question–GRAMMAR LESSONS 603:34Grammar: All Conditionals Review2 pagesGrammar: Third Conditional 03:34Grammar: Third Conditional (1) 10 questionsGrammar: Third Conditional (2) 10 questionsGrammar: Alternatives to “if” in a conditional sentence1 pageGrammar: Alternatives to “if” in a conditional sentence 8 questions–PRACTICE PACK 701:50Reading 1 pageReading6 questionsListening 100:40Listening 11 questionListening 200:35Listening 21 questionListening 300:35Listening 31 question–GRAMMAR LESSONS 706:29Grammar: When can we omit a Relative Clause? 03:16Grammar: When can we omit a Relative Clause? (1) 10 questionsGrammar: When can we omit a Relative Clause? (2) 10 questionsGrammar: Defining or Non-defining Relative clauses03:13Grammar: Defining or Non-defining Relative clauses (1) 10 questionsGrammar: Defining or Non-defining Relative clauses (2) 10 questions–PRACTICE PACK 801:40Listening 100:35Listening 11 questionListening 200:30Listening 21 questionListening 300:35Listening 31 question–GRAMMAR LESSONS 800:00Grammar: Useful English structures 1 pageGrammar: Useful English structures 10 questions–PRACTICE PACK 901:46Reading 1 pageReading6 questionsListening 100:30Listening 11 questionListening 200:30Listening 21 questionListening 300:32Listening 31 questionPronunciation 00:14–REVISION EXAM 200:00REVISION EXAM 2 10 questions–OFFICIAL CAMBRIDGE LISTENING EXAMS17:40Listening FCE exam 1 06:40Listening FCE exam 18 questionsListening FCE exam 2 03:20Listening FCE exam 25 questionsListening FCE exam 3 07:40Listening FCE exam 38 questions–EXTRA RESOURCES02:48Game for a free course – Question #5 1 questionListening resources 00:09Extra ResourcesPreview00:04About this coursePreview01:55BonusPreview00:39

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Beginning ESL Syllabus
Mrs. Maggie Mullaj

Textbook: Side By Side (Longman)

Voices in Literature (Heinle & Heinle)

Course Description: This class will allow students to develop Basic English vocabulary and grammatical structures so that they can successfully communicate. Also, students will develop literary and analytical skills which will enable them to be successful in future courses.

Specific units are described in the scope and sequence on the following pages. Every unit will develop students’ Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing skills:

Listening: Students will listen to English from native speakers via their teacher and other media. They will also listen to English spoken by their peers. They must focus their attention on the speaker’s message in order to comprehend and produce a meaningful response.

Speaking: Students will have the daily opportunity to practice speaking in structured conversations with their peers. Also, there will be several projects which require the students to present information to the class using newly acquired English skills.

Reading: Students will be reading a variety of modified texts, including short stories, poetry, and expository writing, with guidance and support from their teacher and peers. Students will learn various strategies to help them comprehend a text in their second language. They will also learn analytical skills necessary to interpret both literature and images.

Writing: Students will be writing on a daily basis, practicing the grammar structures and the new vocabulary. They will write a variety of personal narratives, descriptions, reports, poems, and reflections based on the literature. They will also have the opportunity to create their own works of creative fiction in response to various texts.

Students will be visiting the computer lab on a weekly basis to practice English using the ReadingSmart software.

Grading: Grades will be calculated as follows:

  • 10% Journal
  • 50% Assignments & Quizzes
  • 30% Tests & Projects
  • 10% Homework

Beginning ESL: Scope & Sequence

  Grammatical Concepts Vocabulary Units Reading & Literature Focus Texts
First 6-weeks To be: introduction Subject Pronouns Present Continuous Tense Introductions Personal Information Locations Everyday Activities Literal v. Figurative Components of a Story Identifying Main Idea Identifying Theme Making Applications Various Proverbs and Fables
Second 6-weeks Possessive Adjectives Adjectives Possessive Nouns Prepositions of Location Everyday Activities (cont.) Describing People and Things Weather Family Members Describing Events & Activities Characterization Point of View Using Context Clues The Three Little Pigs The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Various cultural versions of “Cinderella”
Third 6-weeks Prepositions There is/There are Singular/Plural This/That/These/Those Places Around Town Clothing Colors Reading Expository Text Connecting to World Culture Conflict & Resolution Characterization The Epic Hero A History of Greek Mythology The Odyssey
Fourth 6-weeks Simple Present Tense Object Pronouns Have/Has Adverbs of Frequency Languages & Nationalities Habitual Actions People’s Interests & Activities Describing People Feelings & Emotions Predicting/Foreshadowing Making Inferences Recognizing Irony Tone Creating Suspense Imagery The Cask of Amontillado The Tell-Tale Heart The Raven
Fifth 6-weeks Can Have to Future: going to Want to Abilities Occupations Expressing Obligations Invitations Telling Time Ailments & the Doctor’s Office Describing Events Setting and Scene Using Effective Dialogue Dramatic Irony The Characteristics of a Drama Expository text about Shakespeare and the tradition of the theatre Romeo & Juliet
Sixth 6-weeks Regular Past Tense Irregular Past Tense Wh- questions To be: past tense Reasons & Excuses Television Commercials Describing Physical States & Emotion Biographies & Autobiographies Symbolism Interpreting Elements of Design Recognizing Propaganda Persuasive Techniques Researching Information Identifying Historical Context   Various Holocaust Propaganda Various Gulf War Propaganda Various Print Ads Expository text about the Holocaust My Secret Camera